Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Paperback)
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 01/04/2010
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An erotic masterpiece of twentieth century fiction - a tale of sensual obsession and bloodlust in eighteenth century Paris

'An astonishing tour de force both in concept and execution' Guardian
In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages. His name was Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, and if his name has been forgotten today, it is certainly not because Grenouille fell short of those more famous blackguards when it came to arrogance, misanthropy, immorality, or, more succinctly, wickedness, but because his gifts and his sole ambition were restricted to a domain that leaves no traces in history: to the fleeting realm of scent . . .

'A fantastic tale of murder and twisted eroticism controlled by a disgusted loathing of humanity ... Clever, stylish, absorbing and well worth reading' Literary Review

'A meditation on the nature of death, desire and decay ... A remarkable debut' Peter Ackroyd, The New York Times Book Review

'Unlike anything else one has read. A phenomenon ... [It] will remain unique in contemporary literature' Figaro

'An ingenious and totally absorbing fantasy' Daily Telegraph

'Witty, stylish and ferociously absorbing' Observer

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141041155
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 191 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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“Weird & Wonderful”

Although a little slow to start with, this is a brilliant story and gets more and more weird and twisted as it progresses. The descriptions of scenery and smells are fantastic and I felt like I was with Grenouille as... More

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Jay F

“A must buy!”

Thrilling and gothic, this book is defiantly up there with Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’.
It's got lovely descriptive language and really amusing characters that just keep the story going right to... More

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“Dark and different read”

This deliciously dark novella is original and shocking in a way that is redolent of 'The Wasp Factory.' The anti hero Grenouille is inhuman in a way that questions whether some individuals are born evil.... More

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